July 29, 2010

All I need is God

While I was studying 1 Peter 5, verses 6-7 and 13-14 stood out:

6 -7So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; he'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

13 -14The church in exile here with me—but not for a moment forgotten by God—wants to be remembered to you. Mark, who is like a son to me, says hello. Give holy embraces all around! Peace to you—to all who walk in Christ's ways (The Message).

It made me realize I may be on a fruitless journey when I choose to be independent of God. I could have less frustrations, make better decisions, fret less and prosper if I could hand myself over to God and trust him to know what to do with my life.

The Church in exile was not for one moment forgotten by God.

As I studied and reflected, I turned to God and said, "All I need is You! In you I have everything. If I can solely rely on you, all things will fall into place..."

Then I sensed God said, "I know. And I don't need to be convinced. However, are you convinced that all you need is me?"

Do you want to know the truth?

I did not answer. I realized it was not enough to say it but my thoughts, attitude and actions should imply it. It got me thinking and I am still churning it. I know that the more I meditate on it and have it engraved in me, every atom in me will be convinced that all I need is God and it will reflect in my attitude.

Are you convinced that all you need is God or do you have other life lines?

July 7, 2010

The keys to Success

Why do some people not sustain success?

There may be various answers to the question. However, I perceived God desires every child of his to excel and be outstanding in all things. Success can be sustained but its only possible if self dies.

I sensed God telling me the keys to sustained success are humility and dependence on him. I am to depend on him for all instructions. As I consistently obey him, I shall be successful and the success shall be sustained. When I heard this, I had to look up scriptures to be sure I understood the words.

I felt the need to understand humility and dependence so as to have a grasp of what is expected of me and a perfect model to learn from is Christ:

Philippians 2:5-8:

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion (The Message).

Humility is about being selfless. Christ was fully God but chose to live a life of service. He did not fold his hands and waited to be served. He was more people oriented; took a lowly position for our sake even though he owned the universe. He did not brag about his God nature, made no demands and accepted to submit himself to death for my sake.

He depended on the Father for he said in John 5:30-33:

"I can't do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I'm not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders. If I were simply speaking on my own account, it would be an empty, self-serving witness. But an independent witness confirms me, the most reliable Witness of all. Furthermore, you all saw and heard John, and he gave expert and reliable testimony about me, didn't he?" (The Message)

It became clear to me that humility and dependence on God the Father were the keys to the success of Christ's ministry.